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Maguindanao elementary school principal arrested in drug bust

PARANG, Maguindanao — Police and anti-narcotic operatives arrested an elementary school principal during drug buy-bust operations.

Police Lieutennat Colonel Ibrahim Jambiran, Parang municipal police chief, identified the suspect as Nasser Kali Tando, 54, principal of Miramar Elementary School in Barangay Poblacion 2, Parang, Maguindanao.

A resident of Sitio Miramar of the same village, Tando was arrested at about 1 p.m. after he handed over suspected shabu to a poseur buyer during test buy.

Tando, considered by Parang police as high value target for his alleged drug peddling business to students in Barangay Poblacion, agreed to sell three sachets of shabu worth P3,000.

“He was pointed as active user of our surrenderees, after that he appeared in our office, admitted and vowed to stop but later we verified he is still active in drug use, so the drug bust was initiated”, Jambiran said.

In one instance, a video showing him using suspected shabu while transacting with his supplier via social media. The video was erased now in his phone but police has managed to capture a new evidence.

The operation, Jambiran said, was witnessed by Chairperson Abdulmonem Ali of Barangay Poblacion 2.

Police also seized sachet of shabu from Tando.

Jambiran added that Tando admitted he was taking his stuff from a supplier in Cotabato City.

He is now detained at Parang custodial facility and charges for violation of Republic Act 9165 are being prepared against him.

Mayor Cahar Ibay lauded the efforts of his police force.

“The principal is supposed to be the shepherd and molds good values, the father of the children in that school, the parents entrusted their children to him, and its unacceptable we have him and his habit in the learning area”, Ibay in a statement. —LDF, GMA News